National Transport Authority changes stance on banning Dublin Bus from College Green plaza

At a Bord Pleanala hearing last month, the authority said it could only support the €10m plan if Parliament Street was converted into a two-way bus corridor.

The National Transport Authority has reversed a stance that creating a two-way bus corridor on Parliament Street was essential for its support for a pedestrianised College Green plaza.

At a Bord Pleanala hearing into the plans last month, the authority said it could only support the €10m plan if Parliament Street was converted into a two-way bus corridor.

It came on foot of Dublin City Council's plans for College Green, which would see all traffic, including buses and taxis, banned from travelling along the thoroughfare.

In submissions to An Bord Pleanala, Dublin Bus said the plan was regressive because it would force passengers to walk further to reach the city centre, while 27 services in both directions would have to be moved to the quays.

But at the end of last month's Bord Pleanala hearing, the NTA said it was now willing to support the council's plan.

The council has revealed that it will not proceed with a two-way bus corridor running on Parliament Street because of air pollution risks.

Many property owners on the street also wrote to An Bord Pleanala last year expressing concerns that the increased volume of buses would damage their buildings, while business owners also said the corridor would have a major impact on deliveries.

It is not yet known where buses will be re-routed if the plaza goes ahead, with the NTA saying it will assess other options for the bus route changes if the €10m plan gets approval.

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